The January woes continued for Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason last night. Mason was trashed giving up four goals before being pulled towards the end of the game. Last night’s game marked the third in five contests in which Mason surrendered four goals in regulation. It’s no secret that Mason is light-years away from his best game, but Philly may want to consider not starting him tomorrow night for a much different reason.
The Los Angeles Kings have been anything but kind to Mason over the course of his seven NHL seasons. In 12 career starts against the men in purple, Mason is a lousy 5-7. He’s given up an average of more than three goals a game — 3.37 to be exact. His save percentage is a comical .880, and perhaps the most embarrassing part of all is the fact that he’s only faced 25 shots per game on average. That average is not very significant at all considering the lowest average per game this season is 26 shots (New Jersey Devils).
You can’t really make the argument that they have had different teams throughout those seasons either. The Kings’ transaction activity has pretty much remained stagnant over the course of those years. Besides the additions of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, the Kings haven’t done too much, and what they have done besides Carter and Richards hasn’t been very significant.
In no way am I saying that Ray Emery will lead his team to victory tomorrow night, but consider these circumstances. Mason is ice cold and he’s horrendous against the Kings. Los Angeles is playing at a season-worst right now having only been victorious in one of their last eight games. It’s a nice little recipe for Emery to have some success and try to let the Flyers have the last laugh in this one.